Less than 8% of the US hospitals earned the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ 5-Star rating in 2019 for Overall Quality & Safety
SARASOTA (March 6, 2019) – Report cards are out for the nation’s hospitals, and Sarasota Memorial Hospital again received the highest 5-star rating. It is the only hospital in Florida — and one of just 52 across the nation — to consistently earn the federal government’s highest quality rating for the fifth consecutive rating period, since the star program’s inception in 2016.
Of 3,724 U.S. hospitals evaluated, less than 8 percent earned the federal government’s highest rating in the February 2019 update on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Compare website. Like previous years, most hospitals received two, three or four stars.
Since 2016, the federal agency has shared star ratings to make it easier for people to compare how well their community hospitals perform on a range of inpatient and outpatient quality indicators. Comparisons are made based on patient experience, the timeliness and effectiveness of care, complication rates, and other factors. Information is also organized by medical condition, such as heart attack, pneumonia, or type of surgery. Hospital Compare then distills 50-plus quality measures into an overall star rating, giving the most weight to factors including patient safety, patient experience, the rates of unnecessary patient readmissions and rates of unexpected patient deaths.
Earlier this week, Sarasota Memorial also was named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals by IBM Watson Health. The prestigious list of top hospitals were chosen from 2,752 hospitals across the country that outperformed peer-group hospitals on all clinical and operational performance benchmarks evaluated in the study, including: inpatient mortality and complications, healthcare-associated infections, readmission rates, length of stay, costs of care and patient satisfaction. If all hospitals were to achieve the same performance benchmarks as those included on this year’s list, IBM Watson Health projects it would save 103,000 lives, prevent complications in 38,000 patients, result in 155,000 fewer hospital readmissions and lead to 12 percent lower medical bills than the average patient receiving care.
Below are the 2019 Overall Hospital Star Ratings in this four-county region:
Sarasota Memorial — 5 Stars
Doctor’s Hospital — 4 Stars
Lakewood Ranch — 3 Stars
Englewood Community — 3 Stars
Fawcett Memorial — 3 Stars
DeSoto Memorial — 3 Stars
Blake Medical Center — 2 Stars
Bayfront Health Punta Gorda — 2 Stars
Bayfront Health Port Charlotte — 1 Star
Manatee Memorial — 1 Star
Venice Regional Bayfront Health — 1 Star
(Source: Hospital Compare)
About Sarasota Memorial
Sarasota Memorial Health Care System is a regional referral center offering Southwest Florida’s greatest breadth and depth of care, with more than 900,000 patient visits each year. Its flagship 839-bed, acute-care hospital has been consistently recognized as one of the nation’s largest and best, with superior patient outcomes and a complete continuum of outpatient services – from urgent care, trauma and emergency services to laboratory and diagnostic imaging, home health, skilled nursing and rehabilitation. SMH is the only hospital in Florida to have consistently earned the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ highest five-star quality rating since the evaluation system launched in 2016.